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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement® Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The AP Program develops college-level courses that high schools can choose to offer and corresponding AP Exams that are administered once a year.

All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses.

AP courses & exams can benefit students by: 

  • AP courses on a student’s transcript show that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. Success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
  • Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores.

AP Exams

  • Each AP course concludes with an AP Exam. These assessments are designed by the same expert committee that developed the course. 
  • AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 by college and university professors and experienced AP teachers. Many U.S. colleges offer credit for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

JISD Advanced Placement Course Offerings

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)

Pre-AP offers every student access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in high school and beyond. 

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses:

  • Pre-AP features grade-level instruction intended to give all students the opportunity for growth.
  • Pre-AP offers a focused framework, instructional support, model lessons, classroom assessments, and an optional final exam.

  • Pre-AP focuses on skills that students will need to succeed in AP courses, college, and careers.
  • Pre-AP is back-mapped from AP courses, with input from teachers in middle school, high school, and colleges.